I am honored to serve as principal of Whitney High School. This school and community are special to me and my family as all members are graduates of Whitney High, and we are blessed to call Whitney our hometown. I graduated in 1989, starting college at Hill College and then transferring to Tarleton State University where I received my Bachelor's in Interdisciplinary Studies. My teaching career includes teaching kindergarten and first grade in several districts including Dublin, Hillsboro, and Whitney and also teaching middle school English Language Arts in Laredo and Whitney. I received my Masters in Educational Administration from Tarleton State in 2013. I am in my 21st year of education and feel that working at the high school level is where I'm meant to be.
I have been married to my husband, Donovan Leech, for 29 years and have two grown children. Donovan is a 1988 WHS graduate who earned a degree in Biology from Tarleton State and then became a licensed P.T.A. He is co-owner of Lake Whitney Physical Therapy. Our daughter, Kelsey Cleere, is a 2013 WHS graduate who played Division I volleyball at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. She started her teaching career at Whitney Middle School and is now head volleyball coach and a teacher at Robinson High School. Our son, Ashton, is a 2016 graduate of WHS who played collegiate baseball and earned a Bachelors in Kinesiology with a minor in Biology from Sul Ross University. He is now working on his Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor.
I consider the students and staff at Whitney High School my Wildcat Family. It is a privilege to work with parents and community members as a collaborative team in the education of the youth of our great town. We are looking forward to a wonderful school year.
It's a great day to be a Wildcat!